The Rabbit Factory

  • by Larry Brown
  • Narrated by Tom Stechschulte
  • 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in Memphis, Tennessee, and northern Mississippi, The Rabbit Factory presents a wildly diverse cast of characters who are looking for love, but not necessarily in all the right places. Helen is a sex-starved alcoholic who combs the local bars looking for the one thing her sugar daddy can't give her. Arthur, Helen's aging sugar daddy, is very wealthy, but suffers from severe self-confidence issues. Believing himself unloved, Eric is a runaway who oddly becomes Arthur's adopted son. Merlot is a college professor with plenty to give, but also a bizarre secret. And Anjalee is a hooker with a heart of gold who can barely stay one step ahead of big trouble. Their lives, and the lives of cops, sailors, gangsters, and some fairly eccentric canines, collide during one whirlwind winter in Dixie. Breaking new ground while carrying on the rich tradition of Southern literature, The Rabbit Factory is an ambitious and surprising narrative that never fails to entertain as it contemplates the human quest for meaning and fulfillment. Truly, this is Larry Brown at his most extraordinary best. Veteran narrator Tom Stechschulte flawlessly handles the characters' accents while creating distinct personalities for each.


What the Critics Say

"Grimly realistic, tragic-absurd and raunchy, Brown's latest novel returns to his deep South fictional territory and to the characters that he portrays so well." (Publishers Weekly)
"Will not only please his fans but also win him new ones....One hysterical scene is followed by another, all of them underlain with the philosophy that you gotta do what you gotta do to be able to do what you wanna do." (Booklist)
"The truth of the matter is that Brown is one of the best writers we have, able in a sentence or two to cut to the heart of things." (Washington Post)


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Gritty Stuff

I'm not sure why I read all the Larry Brown books as they are full of a feeling of trepidation, that something horrible is going to happen, and it usually does. However, the writing is great, in particular his novel "Fay", if you fancy giving that a try.

Brown makes you feel initial sympathy for his character working in the meat shop, but as the plot continues and the character takes more drastic measures to survive you have to question your feelings. A simple drug run goes wrong, a hilarious few encounters with a yip yip dog, a cheating wife and a troubled professor intertwine in this great book.
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- sarahmoose2000

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books